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Gawker Doubles Number of Black Staffers with Cord Jefferson

Cord Jefferson‘s first day as Gawker’s west coast contributing editor generated some breaking (and obvious) news – - Cord Jefferson is black and diversity hasn’t been a priority in the past for the website:

One other note: I’m going to be only the second black person with a full-time salary at Gawker in its nearly 10-year history (the first is Caity Weaver, who is half black). I’m actually pretty excited about that fact, and I know from talking to a few of my new colleagues that they are, also. I don’t think this means you should expect Gawker to drastically change its overall coverage and voice, but I do think it’s important to acknowledge that the people who complained about the Gawker masthead’s dearth of color weren’t complaining to deaf ears. And now that I’m here, I’m not going to stop until this place is as black as Obama’s cabinet, which is to say just a little bit more black.

While his race should have been obvious to everyone outside of Stevie Wonder (though I do get mistaken for Dominican in parts of New York), what nobody knew was Jefferson is only the second black staffer at Gawker in  their 10-year (!) history.

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Gawker Picks Up a West Coast Contributing Editor

LA-based freelancer Cord Jefferson just landed himself a pretty sweet gig. He’s just joined Gawker’s staff as the site’s newest, and as far as we can recall, first west coast contributing editor. Jefferson has been freelancing for Gawker for the past few months. He’ll join the staff full-time on August 6.

Jefferson was the senior editor of GOOD prior to the staff purge at that mag several months ago.

A Message from the Gang That Used to Work at GOOD

By means of a new, temporary Tumblr page, the half-dozen editorial employees laid off last Friday at GOOD (along with two more who took severance) want you to know that they’re OK.

Although some anticipate having to leave LA to remain employed in the field of journalism and all are struggling with the fact that they were let go by a profitable operation, they take solace in Cord Jefferson’s always effective rhetorical leveler – “What is best in life?” They are also planning a parting gift:

We were just getting started! So we’d like to make at least one more magazine together. Not an issue of GOOD – something different. We’re calling it Tomorrow. It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp. We want to get out of our comfort zone and push others to do the same. We want to meet and introduce you to great people. We’ll have more details soon, so check back here later this week.

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Good Magazine’s Editorial Department Decimated by Layoffs

Bad news for Good readers – The bulk of the Los Angeles-based magazine’s editorial staff was laid off today. According to Poynter, those handed pink slips include executive editor Ann Friedman, managing editor Megan Greenwell, senior editor Cord Jefferson, lifestyle editor Amanda Hess, business editor Tim Fernholz, and associate editor Nona Willis Aronowitz. Wylie Overstreet stated on Twitter that he was leaving voluntarily.

Last night Good magazine threw a launch party for their latest issue, and it may have been a last hurrah. How can they publish without a staff? The company has released no statement about the layoffs, just a vague tweet at 7:57 this evening, several hours after the news broke:

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Good Shakes Up Editorial Staff

Good magazine strengthened their edit team today with the promotion of three veteran staffers and the addition of two new editors.  Editor-in-chief Zach Frechette announced the moves and is confident the changes will bolster the title’s value for readers:

These additions to the team represent our first significant investment in the editorial product in a number of years.  With new voices helping us add depth in key content areas, the goal is to transition from a well-curated selection of the most interesting people and ideas moving the world forward to a vital resource for those people that helps them achieve their goals.

Read on to see the changes taking place at Good.

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Good Magazine Staffs Up

LA-based Good magazine has announced a bunch of new hires. Nice to see earnest journalism thriving in early 2011.

Dwell vet and New York Times’ Opinionator blogger Allison Arieff is the mag’s new editor-at-large. Arieff won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 as the editor-in-chief of Dwell.

Other hires: Nicola Twilley (also a Dwell vet) was named Food Editor; Cord Jefferson is the new Culture Editor; Ben Jervey the Environment Editor; and Liz Dwyer is the Education Editor.

Press release after the jump:

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Has Jossip Folded?

jossipclose.pngClick on the homepage of Jossip.com and you will find a message that says “We’re on Pause.” Gawker however is reporting that David Hauslaib‘s six-year-old gossip site, which has been up for sale since March — David spoke to us on the Menu about it back in February — has in fact folded and its two editors, Cord Jefferson and Drew Grant, fired.

We emailed Hauslib for clarification and will let you know as soon as we hear back.

No One Bought Jossip, So Now It’s Gone

jossip gone.jpgRichard Lawson over at Gawker writes:

Pretty-boy cottage blog mogul David Hauslaib has shuttered his flagship gossip site, Jossip. It had been for sale since last March, but apparently no one wants to buy a blog in these worrisome times.

Well, the technical term for the shut down is a “hiatus,” but both of the site’s editors, Cord Jefferson and Drew Grant, have been fired, Grant tells us. At least she has another gig lined up, over at the axed media types complaint haus, ASSME.org

Earlier this year Hauslaib jettisoned two other under-performing titles, Hollywood rag Mollygood and “urban” fetishist Stereohyped. The mini-empire’s gay site Queerty will continue to putter along, as it’s continued to attract, despite its hideous new redesign, a loyal base of underwear model fans and reactionary hissy-fit throwers.

Jossip Takes on Huffpo Celebrity Bloggers

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Cord Jefferson at Jossip names a couple of real stinkers Jermaine Dupri, Tim Robbins, Paul Reiser, Casey Gane-McCalla and of course Pete Wentz.

Jefferson writes:

Tragically, HuffPo, once a fountainhead for interesting, angry liberal opinions, is fast becoming the Hollywood club of news blogs: everyone’s invited, but the celebrities have the run of the place. And boy are they ruining it.

And…

While we can’t disagree with much of what Gane-McCalla has to say – Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly are idiot bigots – it’s a little hard to take discussions about racism seriously from a guy of color whose most famous song is a celebration of humping white women. Sample lyric: “You and me baby can start making up for slavery.”

Ha! Do more! There’s WAY more than just five dumb celebrity bloggers on Huffpo – that could be a daily feature…on somewhere besides Huffpo. Ahem.